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I have attended MRC for almost 45 years. My husband, Darrel and I began attending in 1971, shortly after we got married. We were then called to go do youth ministry in Sheldon, IA for several years. We have returned "home" and have enjoyed worship and fellowship at MRC.

Darrell and I have four grown children and 16 grand children.

I love the MRC style of worship and how the church has continued to be on the front side of new ideas and ways to worship. MRC is very unique, in that, it is a large church in a little farming community. Throughout the years, we have been challenged to live out our faith and we have built many friendships at MRC. Darrell and I have been involved in youth ministry, we also enjoy leading marriage and spiritual growth retreats. I was also part of the administration team for several years and now I assist with the food ministry on Wednesday nights. My greatest desire for MRC is that the members all continue to grow in their relationship with Christ and reach out to those in our communities and work places who do not know Jesus as their personal savior.


I have attended Maurice 1st Reformed Church since I was born, just about 30 years. My wife, Jill, and I have been married for 9 years now and we have 1 boy and 2 girls. I have been blessed to serve as a Sr. High youth leader, helping with a high school male outreach group called Body Builders, helping in various roles in the annual Vacation Bible School, helping with a Monday Night Football outreach program, and serving on the praise team in the past.

I am currently assisting in the 5th grade ministry called Kid’s Evangelism Explosion as a mentor, helping in the nursery, in a small group bible study, and on the search team. While serving in these capacities at MRC, the Lord has made clear to me that each of us are made beautifully different from each other. He has equipped every person with different gifts and strengths to fulfill a vital role in growing and sustaining His Kingdom. That is one of the many things I love about MRC. Those differences are embraced and celebrated. Celebrating the wonderful differences in people and equipping and enabling them to serve Christ in the role that best fits their strengths and gifts is one of the ways that God uses MRC to help people come to Christ, grow in Christ, and belong to His family.


I have attended MRC for 13 years. My husband Reid and I, and daughters Haley & Taylor live on an acreage west of Sioux Center. The things we treasure most about MRC are the welcoming and warm atmosphere, the rural setting and the people that make up the congregation of MRC. Both of us grew up in small towns similar to Maurice and appreciate the “country people” that attend church with us.

Over the years, I have been involved in teaching preschool Sunday School, helping with Pioneer Club and the Wednesday night meals. Most recently, I have enjoyed being part of small group bible studies with my husband, being part of prayer ministry and serving on the Staff Relations team. Being part of these areas has reminded me how it takes everyone’s help to make a church function, both physically and spiritually.

My greatest desire for the future of MRC is to continue to be the inviting church that MRC was to our family 13 years ago, while maintaining a nourishing atmosphere for all generations at MRC.


I have been a member of MRC for about a year. My husband and I moved to Orange City about three years ago. In our search for a church home, we found that MRC was a welcoming environment for all ages. We loved the emphasis MRC placed on the youth - they are the future of our church.

My husband, Roger, and I moved to Orange City to be closer to family. Our son's family (Adam, Rachel, Jeremiah and Hope), live in Clinton, Ia. Our daughter's family (Rachel, Kelly, Kyan and Kobe) live in Orange City. My husband works for Bomgaars in Orange City. I work for Pizza Ranch, Inc. in the marketing department.

We were welcomed and invited into a small group soon after we joined MRC, which has been a great way to be a part of, and included in, the church family. I have also joined the group to make prayer shawls. MRC has really helped us to use our gifts to "live sent."

Our hopes for the future for MRC is that it continues to work hard on building the youth programs. We love the "Living Sent" program and would love to see that being built on.


I have attended MRC for 62 years. My wife and I have been married for 49 years and have two sons and five grandchildren.

I really enjoy MRC because we have a lot of younger families and many ways my wife and I can serve and use our gifts. MRC is unique because it is a larger rural church with members coming from a number of surrounding towns.

I have served as a deacon and I'm currently serving as an elder at MRC. In the past, i have served as a Sunday school teacher and youth sponsor.

I have learned that as I follow God's leading great things do happen and by doing this I have grown in my Christian faith. My desire for MRC is that we may always have a passion for Christ and compassion for people.


Hi, I'm Mike. I've attended MRC for 23 years, my parents attend MRC and I've grown up here. My wife, Jenn and I have two kids, Becker (age 2) and Avea, a newborn.

One of the things I like about MRC is that it provides such a wide variety of ministry options. Everyone has an opportunity to plug into a group that can meet them where they're at.

Growing up at MRC, I have always been involved with missions because that's what my Dad has a passion for. This fueled my passion for helping others get out of debt and find financial freedom. So, for the last several years, my wife and I run Dave Ramsey's 'Financial Peace University' class each year. I'm also currently a deacon on consistory.

I would like to see MRC continue to be a very generous and giving church both financially and in time and gifts. We need to continue to invest in our youth and prepare them for the challenges they face. There are also many in our church who are longing to go deeper in their faith and want someone to come alongside them.


Hi, I'm Jenn. I've attended MRC for about 5 years. My husband, Josh, and I attended MRC for several years, moved across the country and then moved back "home". We enjoyed our time at MRC and knew we had found our church family. Josh and I have been married for 6 years and have one "furry canine child" (a dog!).

MRC is a wonderfully, unique church. Somehow MRC combines the progressive mindset with a more traditional outlook, and we are a larger church but we retain the community of a small church in a small town. Throughout my time at MRC I have taught the 5th grade class in Wednesday night pioneer club and I am part of a Sunday morning praise team. I'm also currently working with administration to restart Growth Groups and adult discipleship opportunities at MRC.

My greatest desire for MRC is that we continue moving in a unified direction as a church and that we continue to go deeper both in our faith and in programming, understanding that we have incredibly gifted members that allow us to do more unified than we ever could alone.


I became a member of MRC when I married my husband, and have been a member for over 30 years. Our first 11 years, we served as MRC partners in mission in the Philippines with CRWRC or World Renew. We have 3 adult daughters, a son-in-law and 2 granddaughters in our family. I have had the privilege of serving in many ways at MRC. When our children were younger, I helped with the start of Pioneer Club and served as the first co-coordinator. I was part of MRC’s spiritual gifts and strengths identification ministry for many years from the Big Dig retreats to now the F3 training. I am mentoring a Pioneer club student and a Jr High Student. My husband Dan and I have served together on the team which led to the reorganizing our consistory and staff. We have been involved in adult discipleship from small groups, leading Bible studies and retreats for many years. Because we served overseas, missions is one of my passions and I have lead our mission team for many years and continue to keep up the monthly mission prayer calendar and keep missions highlighted on our TV screen.

God has challenged me to grow and continues to develop my strengths and spiritual gifts. I am thankful for ways God has been with me in my faith walk, and encouraging me now to challenge others in their walk. I believe that I have been blessed to be a blessing. My desire for the future of MRC is for our congregation to grow deeper in their walk with God, to see God presence, and to share the gifts God has given in our church, our community, and our world.


My husband Greg and I are both life-long members at MRC. We claim that we met in Sunday School! We have 3 daughters ranging from preschool to Jr. High. We live in Orange City. We love the children’s and youth ministries that are available for our children. Another passion for me is the praise team and the worship experience at MRC. Music and drama ministries, Pioneer Club leader and help with Sunday School when needed

My greatest desire for our church is that we continue to have a passion to make a difference not only in our church, but also in our day to day activities. I love that people are learning their gifts and passions and beginning to focus on what they are really good at. I also pray that we can continue to help meet people where they are at in their spiritual walk and continue to grow deeper in our relationship with Christ.

Our Mission At MRC

"Living sent" by helping people come to Christ, grow in Christ, and belong to his family.

Maurice 1st Reformed Church is a growing body of believers who come together to worship God and support one another. It is our desire that everyone comes to know Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior, and is welcomed into the family of God. Maurice Church provides opportunities to grow in Christian faith through sound biblical preaching, supporting ministries, and warm and caring Christian fellowship.

The Search Process

  1. Set up a Search Committee team
  2. Clarification & expectations of candidate, and mission/vision of MRC and priorities of ministry
  3. Develop Lead/Teaching Pastor Job Description
  4. Complete the Church Profile Form
  5. Send the Church Profile Form to Vision & Admin Elders, Consistory for approval
  6. Send completed Church Profile Form to the RCA
  7. Seek referrals for the pastoral position & Receive candidate profiles/resumes (< CURRENT STATUS)
  8. Interview prospective candidates
  9. Recommend a prospective candidate to the V/A team then staff
  10. Recommend a prospective candidate to the Consistory

What Are We Looking For?

MRC is looking for a Preaching/Teaching Pastor to lead our church with a history of over 100 years and an average Sunday attendance of approximately 500. The candidate needs to demonstrate strong visionary leadership and preaching ability. We are looking for an individual who is teachable and has integrity and Christ-like character. This person has experience in disciple-making, leadership training, and team building.

Living in Northwest Iowa

Though Maurice, Iowa is a town of just 250 residents, much of the Maurice Reformed Congregation also comes from surrounding towns - Orange City and Sioux Center.

Orange City has just over 6,000 residents and is home to Northwestern College and notable businesses such as Diamond Vogel Paint and Staples Manufacturing.

Sioux Center has just over 7,000 residents and is home to Dordt College and features notable businesses such as Pella Window Manufacturing, Walmart, Holiday Inn and a beautiful golf course.

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